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have to do more and be focused on building more black businesses that hire individuals from the community, on ensuring that the schools are serving our young african-american and latino students and young men who are black and brown are not relegated to a future that has to involve the criminal justice system or an early death or demise and recognizing that there are a lot of wonderful organizations in the african- american community that need to have capacity built. i am is so passionate about being a mayor that brings all the great elements of our city together and recognizes that has san franciscans, we can tackle any problem, that we can be looked at by the world-reversing a renaissance for our african american community. i believe as a gay man seeking to make history in sentences could that i can also be a thought leader and help other cities do a better job in recognizing the needs of their lgbt citizens and be a thought leader in that regard, but i intend to be a great mayor for san francisco. please visit me at
bevandufty.com >> election day is november 8, 2011 view that as the last date to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. >> i am tony hall, and i am running for mayor because san francisco more than ever need someone who would deal honestly with the hard truth that in our city pier i am not a member of a political party and not seeking some higher office. for 35 years, i am have served you, the people of san francisco, as an administrator in seven different apartments. i know how the city functions, but more importantly, how it should be functioning. i am running to solve our city's problems, not very them. first, let's be honest about pension costs. a $7 billion unfunded liability continues to grow at $400 million per year. because of these costs, san francisco is like a runaway car driving 100 miles an hour down
the road into a brick wall label bankruptcy. under the mayor's plan, we hit the wall and 95 miles per hour. under adachi's plan, we still hit the wall but at 90 miles an hour. hard truth is the only way to avoid hitting the bankruptcy wallace what i am proposing. we need to fund pension and health care reform for all new employees that bring salaries and benefits in line with the private sector. this includes the fine contributions and 401k alternatives. lee claims his budget was balanced, but it is not. it is a budget that depends upon you, the taxpayer, passing more bonds, taxes, and fee hikes this november. we must get back to 0-based budgeting that justifies every dollar spent every year. no more autopilot increases. the hardest truth of all is that our economy is still hurting, and despite what you hear from city hall, there is no jobs plan.
we need a plan for government to help small business, not work against it. let's eliminate the fees, hidden costs, and unnecessary red tape now driving jobs in the middle class out of san francisco. my campaign is about direct talks. no more political giveaways like the central subway or car, said that only served to line the pockets of the developers and lobbyists. i am not afraid to face the hard truth or take on the special interests to fix this city. my record proves i can get the job done. as your supervisor, i led bipartisan coalitions to rebuild laguna honda home for our seniors, the youth center for troubled youth, the ocean avenue business corridor for small businesses, and to rescue lake merced for our environment. i passed legislation to strengthen home ownership, provide bond oversight, reduce needless bureaucracy, and provide safe and clean streets. as your mayor, michael is to return san francisco to its
rightful destiny as one of the greatest cities in the world, by facing these hard truths together, we can make this happen. thank you. >> the league of women voters and sfgovtv have collaborated to bring statements by 14 of the candidates for mayor of san and cisco, next up, dennis herrera and ed lee. >> this upcoming mayor's race will be one of the most important in our history. it is a single election that will have a profound impact on our city. not just for the next four or eight years, but for the next 50. as washington and sacramento push more and more public responsibilities off their balance sheets, those obligations will increasingly fall to local government, and the decisions we make in this election will determine whether or not san francisco rises to meet the challenges that we face. with the right leadership and
vision, i am confidence san francisco can fulfil its promise and be a model for what a 21st century american city needs to be. i believe local government, run honestly and well, can make a real difference in people's lives each and every day. i believe that because i have accomplished it for nearly 10 years as your city attorney. i have used the power of the law to protect regular san franciscans from wrongdoing by powerful interests. i have taken on polluters and corrupt politicians, gangs, greedy insurance companies. i have done the heavy lifting behind the scenes to shepherd project to create thousands of jobs. i filed the first government lawsuit in american history for marriage equality and won a landmark ruling for lgbt civil- rights. i secured the ouster of a corrupt supervisor and punished city contractors who defrauded city taxpayers. i fought pg&e to lower rates to
improve the live in -- reliability, and to protect public safety from dangerous gas transmission lines, and i negotiated the shutdown of the petraeus power plant, the filthiest in california -- the potrero power plant. i am proud to have been called the best city attorney in the nation. that is the leadership i will deliver as your mayor. it the view that it's as city attorney, police commission president, clinton administration appointee and business owner, my record of effective, independent leadership is unmatched. i have a plan to create jobs, fix muni, protect planners, after schools, protect the homeless, and fix our neighborhoods, but it will take strong leadership with the vision to see our full potential and a proven track record to accomplishment. i have never been afraid to stand up to powerful interests
to protect regular san franciscans. i will be the mayor san francisco needs with no strings attached. i am dennis herrera, and i hope i can earn your vote for mayor of san francisco. that election day is november 8, 2011. that is the last day to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. >> i am ed le, and i am running for mayor said this appeared as your mayor, i have worked hard to change the tone at city hall, bringing people together to get things done for our city. i know that there is no problem we cannot solve when you listen to the people of san francisco and then focus on solutions. every day, i am focus on creating jobs for san francisco and on improving public safety and the quality of life in our neighborhoods. i am also proud we are putting our city's finances on the right track, balancing the budget, and closing the $380 million deficit
in a way that protect public health and safety. and working with the board of supervisors, business and labor, we have introduced a consensus measure to control pension costs and protect city services. we are hoping -- helping businesses succeed and create jobs from twitter and zynga and sales force to start-ups and neighborhood small businesses. san francisco is attracting, creating and maintaining a record number of jobs in technology, new media, clean tech and biotech, the jobs of our future, with loans, facade of grades, and streetscape improvements, we are helping small businesses and neighborhood commercial districts grow and thrive across the city. we are transforming and revitalizing our long-neglected niche-market district with new arts and cultural resources, affordable housing, and jobs. with our new police chief, community policing, and smart data-driven crime strategies,
sentences could today remains one of the safest big cities in america. i began my career as a civil rights attorney, advocating the rights of immigrants and renters in the bay area, and in my 22 years of service to our city government from whistle-blower to city administrator to mayor, i have worked hard to make government accountable and more transparent to our residents. as your mayor for the next four years, we will continue reach out to our neighborhoods and communities to make sure we understand and address your concerns. we will continue to focus on improving our economy, to create jobs, balance our budget, protect city services, and build new, affordable, and workforce housing. with your help and support this november, we can keep getting things done for the city we love and for all of san francisco. thank you for your consideration. >> the league of women voters ofsfgovtv -- and sfgovtv have
collaborated to bring you statements from 14 candidates for mayor of san francisco. >> i am running for mayor of san francisco 2011. many people ask me -- what are your qualifications? i would like to say what i can do to help the city of san francisco. i believe my ability to connect people and my experience as a professional and business women are the essential components of why my run for mayor is grounded on making the city of san francisco our bread and successful. as mayor, my ability to connect people is one of the most valuable qualities i will bring as mayor. integrity and sincerity are often overlooked. these are important qualities which bring out the best in people. i am not a politician. i am apparent, grandmother, an
educator. i've lived in san francisco. i have worked hard to assist the often overlooked, the disenfranchised, pork, limited english-speaking population in san francisco. because this group is not in the popular voting bloc, it is not easy for them to access city hall or other nonprofit organizations. i can proudly say my hard work has resulted in these individuals who can now help themselves. i created jobs for struggling musicians in chinatown to promote their talent and bring truth back to chinatown and in all speech. i promoted the rich cultural music here in return for my
efforts, i have become their leader. i can say that i have helped in a small way. small businesses because of the art and music from within the community. it has been a win-win situation for the artists, community residents and merchants. there are many issues equally pressing women of color, care, and is equally pressing in all the complexities surrounding it, to be frank. none of the other candidates are mentioning any of these important issues. i have firsthand experience. lahore -- when it comes to november, please remember to vote for me. >> november 8, 2011 is the last
date to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by ballot. >> i am greater thanreese -- i am joanna rees and i'm running for mayor. i moved here eight years ago to raise my family, and i thought of it as the innovation capital of the world here more than 16 years ago, i founded a venture capital firm with no venture capital experience, but since have been able to support more than 60 bay area companies have created thousands of jobs. i have also spent more than a decade working on public education reform, bringing innovative solutions into our public schools to support teachers and improve student outcomes. i was incredibly fortunate to have a great mentor in my life, a woman named ann richards, the first elected female governor in texas. she instilled in me that i had an obligation to go into public service but she gave me two pieces of advice. she said achieve what i want to
achieve professional before i serve so it was really about service and giving back to the community and she said as a mother, it would be easier if the children were older. they are 81022, and that also was a great piece of a device. i would neighborhood by neighborhood to try to understand the issues of san francisco. i always say i discovered the silent majority in the process, but what i heard loud and clear from people is that we need a new approach to some of our long-term systemic challenges. i always say my moment of obligation, when i knew i had to run, was when i became convinced the only way we would significantly impact public education is if the mayor makes it a high level priority. it is going to take a community- wide effort for us to turn around our public schools, and i believe the mayor has to be the key education advocate for the city. we also have to grow our way out of the cycle of budget deficits, and the way that we're going to do that is keeping jobs in san francisco. we have lost so many over the
last decade, and it is compounded by the fact that 25% of our working population commuters out of the city every day. we need to reverse the commute and keep those jobs here to employ our citizens and grow our revenue. we are also really fortunate in san francisco because we have such an engaged community and people are really willing to pay their fair share, but people want to understand where their money goes. the possible -- money going into the budget and where it gets invested is really obscure and opaque for people. i have requested budgets from every city departments i do the process of 0-based or bottom of budgeting where we go department by department to figure out the investments that we have to make in terms of critical services for the community and some things that are no longer meeting their intended purpose that we should not be funding going forward. we are running an incredibly grass-roots campaign. we have met with 200 -- we have been at $200,000, that with over 1300 merchants and thousands
upon thousands of voters at bus stops. we believe the way to win a mayor's race is to engage one- on-one with people. i look forward to getting your support. i look forward to your votes, and a look forward to being your mayor. thank you. >> the league of women voters and sfgovtv have collaborated to bring it statements by 14 candidates for mayor of san francisco. our final two statements. >> i am run for mayor because i believe government works best when you all have more say. we live in a world-class city with world-class people, yet often times, people describe our government has anything but world class. that is why i started my organization to get your ideas to figure out the best way to solve our problems do with it together account call on you need to figure out what we could do to make it more effective and reliable. what is great is if we could make every single bus line in san francisco go one minute
faster -- to think about it -- just one minute faster, we would save $20 million pier that happens to be the exact amount of the new budget deficit. by making unit more efficient and reliable, we could actually save money. we have quadrupled the number of solar roost in san francisco and doubled the number of megawatts from five to 10. lastly, i am car we have created a green economy in san francisco. when we started, we only have to we will solar companies. now, we have 30. that's 450 jobs that were created during the worst economy since the great depression. small business is the no. 1 driver for jobs in san francisco. that is why i want to create a small business office that will serve the needs of small businesses to help them navigate the city so they do not have to worry about the bureaucratic issues in terms of taxes and they can do what they do best, which is run their business.
last, i have proven we can do this by bringing in outside management principles, by making our office more efficient and more accessible. the accessible quarters office brought in over $300 million in the last six years above our budget. that is money that would pay for public transit, public education, and by public safety. by making government more efficient, by getting your ideas, we know that we can make government better. thank you. i hope you will support me, and i hope you will join us again and be part of the dialogue. " then the election day is november 8, 2011. that is the last day to vote in person and the deadline for receipt of vote by mail ballots. >> my name is leland ye. i am currently a state senator representing california, and now, i am running for mayor. i came with my mother and sister
when i was 3 years old. i grew up here. i went to san francisco public schools. i got married here, raised my family here. i sent my four kids to public schools here. this city has given me every opportunity i have had. i am extremely grateful for that, and that is why i have worked my entire adult life to improve san francisco as a member of the school board on the board of supervisors as your state assembly member and senator, and it is why i am running for mayor. i have said from the beginning i was going to run a different campaign for mayor. a campaign that solved the critical issues facing our city and asking you for solutions. a campaign that approached the city not from the top down but from the bottom of. we went out to meet with small businesses, companies, local unions. we went out to meet san franciscans in their own neighborhoods and coffee shops. we called these meetings 20/20's
because we wanted to listen and get from you a clear vision for the future. this city deserves a mayor with a vision of what san francisco should be in 2020. after listening, we have created that vision. we should be a city with public schools that give every student a shot at the future with wraparound services and that also would activity before and after school, a city that rewards teachers with retention bonuses and help with affordable housing, where muni is free for kids who go public school, where we give kids $100 for college savings each year they complete in school. we should be a city that is open, accessible, and responsive to its people and businesses. i will put caseworkers on every merchant corridor in your city to interface with small businesses, respond to their issues. we should be a city where city hall is independent from undue influence.
i will reform the ethics commission to make sure your public officials are held accountable. i will crack down on an registered lobbyists. i will open up all the secrecy information so that the people can see who is making the real decisions. we should be a city that makes it affordable to live here, to work here, to raise a family here, a city where we connect people to jobs and job training, a city with a reliable public transit system that connects every corner of the city, a city that uses 100% renewable energy, a city that provides health care for every san franciscan. i have been representing the city for over 23 years. i kept my promises, and i have delivered results. i would be honored to be your mayor and honored to have your vote. thank you. >> election day is november 8, 2011. that is the last date to vote in person and the deadline for
receipt of vote by mail ballots. for more information about the november 8, 2011 election, this it sfelections.org or>> of the s and sfg tv have brought to bring you statements by all four candidates for sheriff. >> my name is chris cunnie and i'm running for san francisco share of. i grew up in san francisco and i have been working to keep san francisco unsafe for just about my whole life.
we're facing a critical moment for safety right now because of the progress -- a process call realignment that the state plans to send hundreds and maybe even thousands of prison inmates back to our city. that means keeping san francisco safe right now is going to require a lot of diverse skills like experience running jails, experience treating inmates said it comeback to jail and experience at every level of law enforcement. i am proud to say i am the only candidate who can bring all of these skills together. i served as under share of of san francisco, the second-in- command under mike hennessey. i help him improve our jail programs so that prisoners learned job skills and get treatment. they're not just guaranteed to commit another crime when they are released. i served as chief of investigations in the district attorney's office, helping to lower crime working with the community. i served as the emergency communications director under mayor gavin, bringing many
branches of law enforcement together. i served as head of walden house, one of the most respected substance-abuse treatment centers, providing services to the incarcerate informally incarcerated to help rebuild their lives. i served as a member of the california narcotics authority, helping to divert at into treatment. i served as president of the san francisco police department association and as a san francisco police officer, i received two medals of valor for my work on the street. i patrolled just about every corner of san francisco. a safer city requires bringing all of these elements together. i'm proud to have burned the support of senator dianne feinstein, the attorney general , lt. gov. gavin newsom and many, many others. i hope i can earn your support
also. please join us on our web site. thank you. >> election day is november 8th, 2011. that is the last date to vote in person and a deadline for receipt of the vote by mail ballots. >> hello. my name is ross mirkarimi, i'm the supervisor of the fifth district of the board of supervisors of san francisco. i am running for sheriff because i want to improve public safety throughout san francisco. when i was elected supervisor in 2004, i inherited the district with many neighborhoods that notoriously had the second-highest violent crime rate throughout all of san francisco. i set out to make sure we take back our streets from crime. i did so with the kind of innovative programs that had not been used because of a community that had been woefully underserved but making sure we were able to marry the power of
redemption on one end to being smart on crime in the other. long story short, we have been able to reduce violent crime to the point where i now had the largest reduction in the murder rate and violent crime rates throughout all of the city in our district. as evidenced by the visit darrow, the fillmore west addition and surrounding neighborhoods. during this time, cultivated a relationship with sheriff mike hennessey, the longest serving sheriff in san francisco history. he has been our share for more than 30 years. sheriff hennessy has endorsed me to succeed him as sheriff. sheriff is much more than managing the jail system, which we have a population of about 1500 inmates a day, or protecting government buildings and what share of tennessee did was add it to rehabilitation and re-enter programs for -- before their release from county jail. we need to build on the
foundation of sheriff mike hennessey and demonstrate it want to improve public safety, we do so by tackling recidivism, received a -- repeat offender rates that occurred because we are not getting to the ability to correct people's lives and help him correct them themselves before they get out of jail and stay off -- stay out of the criminal past. for every four people the san francisco police department arrest and is prosecuted, almost three are repeat offenders. that statistic would literally be a lot worse if it were not for the innovations of mike hennessey, but we have to improve our game. i want to turn around the same people to turn back there live and return back to the bayview, sunnyvale and mission, tenderloin, and others because i believe in those same neighborhoods where there is great economic distress, those are the neighborhoods that have the greatest public safety challenges. i will save taxpayers money and
i will be able to help demonstrate, built on the tennessee foundation of what it means to reform our criminal- justice system through the eyes of the sheriff's department. i would be honored to have your support. please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. it has been an honor to serve you as a supervisor and i would be honored to be your sheriff. >> the league of women voters and sfgovtv have been honored to bring you statements by all four candidates for share of. >> my name is paul miyamoto and i make captain in the sheriff's department and i can't edit it for sheriff in this election. our department finds itself in a very neat situation on the eve of a significant change in the criminal justice system. our share has decided to retire after close to 32 years. the best person to continue his legacy and build on his foundation is someone who has
been a part of carrying out that vision. that is me. i have professional experience in the operations and management of this department. i have risen through the ranks of all positions in gaining that experience as a trusted manager and leader with share of tennessee. i have work to implement and support these programs throughout my entire career in public service. i love this department and i am completely, absolutely dedicated to continuing the surest vision and moving the department forward as we face new challenges in the public safety. i have the universal support of the two labour organizations in the department that represent the men and women carry out the shares vision. at the close, personal, emotional tie to the department. on my very first day on the job, i was late in relieving a deputy. to make up for that, i married that deputy and we are now raising our five children in this community. my priorities as europe are as follows -- the realignment of